My research extends and problematises paradigmatic arguments within the intersection of literary trauma theory and Arab women’s fiction by focusing on these narratives as archival sites of traumatic memory. In addition, it disrupts the propensity, within postcolonial and trauma studies, to focus on the past and future while neglecting a present that is the product of the former and may preclude the latter. My contribution re-orients this focus, dissecting the past while remaining fully grounded in the present and eschewing what I see as naive, and largely empty, redemptive promises for the future.
My thesis, Dragging the Gothic, argues that drag can be mobilised for queer analyses of the Gothic mode. I specifically focus on five nodes shared by drag and the Gothic, offering a new methodology for queering the Gothic. These are: performances of femininity, camp, lighting, costume reveals, and voice. Throughout my project, I demonstrate that mobilising queer (sub)cultural paraphernalia can refresh queer Gothic analyses, contending that significant queer insights become available when aspects other than queer sexual desire are used for literary and cultural analysis.
Alongside my thesis, I am also co-editing a special issue of Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture with Dr. Dany Girard and Dr. Debra Ferreday, as well as an Edited Collection. Both the special issue and the edited collection focus on contemporary representations of queerness on television.
I am primarily interested in intersections of Gothic and queerness as they play out in contemporary popular culture, and am more broadly interested in anything to do with Gothic and horror, femininities and gender play, queerness, and popular culture.
My research is focused on writing for screen and television. My main areas of interest are transnational screenwriting, South Korean film narratives, and the genres of comedy, drama, and science fiction (in particular the dark comedy and apocalyptic subgenres). My current project is concerned with the practice of transnational screenwriting and what considerations need to be taken when writing for British and South Korean audiences.
My research is currently examining literature and history as a site of interiority versus performance, expressly in relation to the 'silent decade' of John Ruskin, 1890-1900. I am writing an epistolary novel which formulates an archetypal storytelling structure of 'the prophet's journey', in part by mapping Biblical narratives onto Ruskin's 'intellectually anguished' path of spiritual and social development. My creative practice utilises my critical investigation of Ruskin’s letters, diaries and bible annotations to accurately and engagingly characterise his person and experience.
Luke's research focuses on Speculative Fiction, an umbrella term which encompasses genre fiction such as Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, and the Gothic with my more specific interests being Fantasy and the Gothic. He engages with this interest through readings of various media including film, television, novels, and videogames.